Friday, January 20, 2006


Battleship Memorial Park with submarine "USS Drum" re-opens in Mobile

January 14, 2006

MOBILE, Ala. -- Battleship Memorial Park, which includes the USS Alabama and the submarine USS Drum, is reopening after being closed more than four months due to damage from Hurricane Katrina.

The storm left the battleship listing in port, destroyed the concrete gangway to the ship, and damaged the aircraft pavilion and gift shop.

The USS Alabama served in the North Atlantic and in the Pacific Fleet during World War II. The USS Drum arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1942, and sank 15 ships, ranking eighth among U.S. submarines, during World War II. After the war, the Drum served as a training ship.

The park will be open daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $9 ($4.50 for ages 6-11).

For details, visit and click on "USS Alabama News," or call (251) 433-2703.

More than 12 million people have visited the park since it first opened in 1965.


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